February 5, 2011 Subject:
Cold War Primer
Wonderful review for an advance placement history course. The video dramatically reinforces name and event connections regarding U.S. foreign policy in the second half of the 20th century. Jimmy Cagney is an extra bonus that can be tied into the American identity and exceptionalism theme (immigrants, Irish embracing America). If you are a communist you better thicken up your skin before you watch this, I have seen few films that point out the sins of communism better than this. it's brutal on authoritarian communism, but does offer some reasoning for why people take the "Road to the Wall."
March 28, 2010 Subject:
Communism Is Bad
Very slow and so dated as to be unwatchable, this is a DoD-sponsored compilation of the rise of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Castro, with sound effects and narration by James Cagney. B&W. Lots of armies marching, peasants rioting, dictators chortling. A good source of stock footage of 1910-1960 Russian/Eastern European historical events.